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All men are created equal, right? I'm not sure that God does regard all men equally because He makes a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, there are different levels or orders in the resurrection according to 1Corinthians 15, and St. Paul uses the illustration of the physical body where each part is very important, but each part has a different function, a different level of exposure to the general public, a different level of defense by the rest of the body from injury, etc. If God treats all spirits equally, then are we likewise going to fall like lightning from heaven as Satan did? Does God speak to all men equally when some disbelieve that there is a God, while others, to hear them talk, seem to have a never ending two way conversation with God. Not all of us have the same giftings and functions in the Kingdom of God. Christ Jesus didn't appoint all men to be Apostles, or all men to be Prophets, or all men to be Evangelists, or all men to be Pastors or Teachers. Romans 12, 1Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, 1st and 2nd Timothy, and Titus makes a distinction between various ministries, giftings, purposes, levels of grace, etc. Romans 13 says that people in political power don't bare the sword in vain, while the rest of us are instructed to live peaceably with all men as much and as best as we're able to.

Not all actions are the same, since some are to be restrained even with the death penalty if necessary according to Scripture. Peter's writings say that the younger ought to respect their elders, although St. Paul seems to throw a monkey wrench in things by qualifying what constitutes an elder in giftings, wisdom, and most particularly in behaviour and attitude. In the book of Revelation God isn't treating the Beast and the False Prophet in the same way as He's treating anyone else because they go into the Lake of Fire a thousand years earlier than anyone and they were no closer to getting out at the end of the thousand years when the devil was thrown in there with them. Scripture is very careful to distinguish between types of men based upon behaviour, station in life, gifting from God, and the end intended by the Lord as when the New Testament praises the patience of Job. Not everyone who loses everything receives double all that they'd lost within a year of having lost it, like Job did. Some people die broke and some people die rich. All of these things depend upon the seeds that were sown and the type of conditions that were maintained for the seeds sown, and whether or not God chooses to command His blessing upon the seeds that have been sown so that no sowing and reaping will be required for two or three year increments because of how much He causes to come in. Otherwise, it winds up being the natural course of events with the seeds that have been sown if people aren't Jubilee'd into a whole higher plane of existence through Father's commanded blessing.

 

A Brief Commentary On Verses Proposed As A Possible Rebuttal Or At Least Sincerely Wondered About By One Questioning
By Martin Cisneros


Psalm 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works

Yes, His mercies are over all His works. An excellent argument against Eternal Torment/Separation, but doesn't change the meaning of the passage of Scripture I mentioned about different giftings, appointments, purposes, judgments based upon actions, etc.


Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

The next part says but in every nation He that feareth Him and worketh righteousness is accepted with Him. Not all currently do or have over the last couple thousand years.


Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

This passage is qualified by the 6th through the 10th verses where each is judged based upon his works with different outcomes based upon the findings when judged by the standard of God's previously established Word. He says that each will get according to His deeds irrespective of His taking any special liking to anyone. It'll all be fair.


Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

Rich unto all that call upon Him rather than rich unto all in the present age. In future ages as more call upon Him, then He'll be rich to them as well because there is no respect of persons with God as you've already noted.


Galatians 2:6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:)....

Likely speaking of the Gospel being applicable to all, and there being no difference or exemptions between his ministry and anyone else's from the standpoint that he's doing what he's called to do in, for, and through the body, just as every other minister/ministry is doing where God has placed them in, for, and through the body to the world.


Ephesians 6:9 .... knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

This is regarding slave masters and slaves being treated according to their works so that the owner of the slave didn't have any special privilege with God and would get the same blessings/penalties for the same actions as the slave.


Colossians 3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Each don't commit the same wrong, therefore each don't receive for the same wrong.


James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, .... without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

The first chapter says that He'll give you His wisdom if you ask by faith and He won't upbraid you for your lack of wisdom. The lack of partiality to God's wisdom is that the same principles will work for whoever will apply them. An airplane would have worked when James was writing that as it'll work in the 21st Century, but they didn't understand the laws that governed flight back then and didn't have the materials developed that go into the science of flying. But all of our technology today would have worked back then if they'd had it.


1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

There's no such thing as being so close with God that He won't still judge you for wickedness. In other words, the Popes and Bishops of the dark ages were never close enough to God for the Crusades to have been either blessed or overlooked by God. They're receiving the same penalty for their works as Adolf Hitler and all of his men will receive, irrespective of levels of spirituality or whatever.

All excellent Scriptures for proving that God is always going to be Who He is and will treat each the same in judgment when all of the evidence is in and it's time for judgment, particularly after death as Hebrews 9:27 would say, but they don't change what St. Peter said about our being stewards of manifold grace, and of each person being a different member of the body, according to St. Paul, and having different gifts proportioned to their faithfulness, their place in the body, the urgency of the times, and everything else that would have any baring on God intervening and endowing certain ones with what He has for them because of what He needs from them in the earth for the direction of each segment of the Body and each segment of the Nations that He would want directed towards a certain end.

In the ages to come, He'd show the exceeding riches of His grace, according to Ephesians 2, which indicates just an ever-expanding display of His great love with greater and greater intensity that as sin has abounded grace is much more abounding. Mark 4, Isaiah 9, Isaiah 30:26 and other passages illustrate the ever-increasing nature of what God is doing so that it's not the same manifestations as in previous eons. Everything that God is doing additionally is about more, according to 2Corinthians 9.

Each of us can have a very, very, very deep relationship with God -- much deeper than we'd ever imagine in this life. But like the chapters of a book, if the book were the world and each chapter were each life -- each chapter's going to be completely different even if it all got the same loving attention to detail from Father. Certain stages of the story of all of human history and certain individuals within that are going to create more excitement in Him and response from Him than other pages, but where each revision must be made in each life it'll be done without hypocrisy and without partiality.

Each page serves a different purpose in a book and all don't tell either the same story or the same part of the same story. But without each part, without each letter, you couldn't get from here to there and too much wouldn't make sense of even the more exciting parts without the seemingly bland parts that tie absolutely everything together. Where really bad typos exist, He's the editor that we can all count on to get our lives completely right. But no page is going to fail to have His attention to detail whether it creates less or greater excitement for Him than some of the other pages or chapters. Each page is incredibly important, but each page doesn't have the same page number. The story isn't complete without each page and without each page having a different page number, there could be nothing but horrible confusion about where everything fits.

 

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